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I started taking sertraline HCl 25 mg friday morning for anxiety today is my third day on the medication i was going to go out with some friends for a?

I started taking sertraline HCl 25 mg friday morning for anxiety today is my third day on the medication i was going to go out with some friends for a?

Not recommended: I wouldn't recommend use of any additional substances -- including alcohol -- if you have anxiety and/or are getting used to a new medication (like sertaline). Sertraline + alcohol can lead to sedation. Also, drinking alcohol itself can lead to anxiety -- depending on how much you drink, your frazzled neurons can fire in disturbed ways while recovering. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sertraline (Definition)

Also called zoloft, (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with antidepressant/anti-anxiety actions. May cause headaches, nausea & ...Read more


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I took sertraline HCl 25 mg last night for my anxiety and it gave me insonia, i'm 18, is that normal? And will it go away?

I took sertraline HCl 25 mg last night for my anxiety and it gave me insonia, i'm 18, is that normal? And will it go away?

That can happen.: Especially when you are getting used to the medication. Taking it in the morning may help. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between sertraline and sertraline hcl?

Is there a difference between sertraline and sertraline hcl?

No: Hcl just means hydrochloride, which is part of the chemical name. ...Read more

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Please tell me the difference between sertraline and sertraline hcl?

Please tell me the difference between sertraline and sertraline hcl?

Sertraline : Sertraline hcl is the name of the compound in the tablet. When you take the tablet, the hcl part is cleaved off and you are left with sertraline in your stomach which is eventually absorbed and then metabolized by your liver into other compounds before it comes out in your stool. ...Read more

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Is sertraline HCl bad for my health and will it make me break out and age?

Is sertraline HCl bad for my health and will it make me break out and age?

No and no.: Sertraline is not a health problem for 93-97% of people; a rare minority cannot metabolize it quickly and so small amounts may make them feel quite ill temporarily. It does not accelerate aging, nor to my knowledge and experience does it promote acne. However, anxiety can provoke acne. ...Read more

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Can intake sertraline HCl 100 mg at around 6pm or does it have to be taken in the morning?

Can intake sertraline HCl 100 mg at around 6pm or does it have to be taken in the morning?

Does not matter: Some people find this medication to be "activating" and find themselves having a difficult time sleeping if they take it in the evening. Others find that it makes them a little more tired. If it makes you more tired take it at night. If it makes you feel more energetic, take it in the morning. Either way is ok, the most important thing is consistency. ...Read more

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Is it bad to combine caffeine, clondine, sertraline and propranol HCl - please help!?

Is it bad to combine caffeine, clondine, sertraline and propranol HCl - please help!?

Depends: This all depends on your particular health status, doses involved, and what you are being treated for. Please consult with your treating physician. ...Read more

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What may cause my blood sugar to fall into the 50s at any given time? currently on 200 mg Sertraline HCL daily.

What may cause my blood sugar to fall into the 50s at any given time?  currently on 200 mg Sertraline HCL daily.

Blood sugar: If you have low blood sugar from time to time and and take Sertraline-H CL daily, you must see either your Primary doctor now or arrange an appointment with an Endocrinologist.
The two doctors will discuss what is found and what changes will be necessary. ...Read more

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My wife just took 10 mg zolpidemtartrate along with 50 mg sertraline HCl and she is now dizzy and feels strange?

My wife just took 10 mg zolpidemtartrate  along with 50 mg sertraline HCl and she is now dizzy and feels strange?

SHOULD BE OK: It is ok she is not over dose it is a side effect of the medicine. Make sure you assure her, and stay with her keep the eye on her breathing make sure is not compromised
if at any time she could not breath properly or start complaining of short of breath call 911 or take her to er
keep her hydrated she should be fine. ...Read more

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I take Sertraline HCL 50 MG and Trazodone 150 MG Is it ok to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy liqui-Gels 25 MG with the other meds?

I take Sertraline HCL 50 MG and Trazodone 150 MG Is it ok to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy liqui-Gels 25 MG with the other meds?

For what?: All meds have potential adverse effects and the more meds you are on increases this risk. Both sertraline and trazodone are antidepressants, but you are likely taking trazodone for sleep and these 2 are not an uncommon combo. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is also sedating. If you need Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for allergies talk to your doc about tapering down trazodone. Also consider seeing an allergist ...Read more

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I started taking sertraline HCl 25mg friday morning for anxiety. It's my third day on the medication. Is it safe to have a few drinks? My doc said yes

I started taking sertraline HCl 25mg friday morning for anxiety. It's my third day on the medication. Is it safe to have a few drinks? My doc said yes

"A few" = how many?: First, consider why you doubt your physician's advice. Next -- regarding the safety of "a few" drinks, it depends on the quantity you mean. I wouldn't recommend drinking at all while getting used to sertraline, as adding alcohol can lead to more sedation than expected. Also, drinking alcohol can itself lead to anxiety -- especially in hangovers when your irritable neurons are trying to recover. ...Read more

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I've started to take sertraline HCl 100 mg tablet and my heart has started to hurt and it has been difficult for me to sleep should I contact my psychiatrist immediately?

I've started to take sertraline HCl 100 mg tablet and my heart has started to hurt and it has been difficult for me to sleep should I contact my psychiatrist immediately?

The : The short answer to your question is "yes!". The long answer to your question is: "yes, because any time your heart starts to hurt (physically) after taking a new medication, you need to a) imediately call the office of the person who prescribed it, and b) hold off taking it again until you hear back from your doctor. If, on the other hand, the "hurt" is emotional, then you may want to use reasonable judgement to decide just how life threatening the outcome could potentially be, prior to making an urgent call, but you should still call the office to try to get in to discuss it, assuming you are pretty sure the medicine is causing it... Oh, and occassionally meds in that class can cause some insomnia early in the treatment, but that usually goes away within a wk or two. 100 mg is a very high initial dosage for sertraline, so I do have some concerns about that dosing, regardless, if you didn't build up to it.". ...Read more

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My gf twitches in her sleep but lately seizure-like our doctor says it's epilepsia partialis continua we got phenobarbitone sertraline hcl.Its serios?

I have concerns: You may be dealing with a sleep disorder, previously termed "nocturnal myoclonus". Epilepsia partialis continua is usually associated with status epilepticus and is the residual activity after partial control. Am not aware of results of EEG or other studies, and we truly no longer use phenobarbital in USA due to it's problems. Contact us via Concierge Consult, as this needs far greater focus. ...Read more

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Is sertralin HCl 100 mg tab ok to take for depression?

Is sertralin HCl 100 mg tab ok to take for depression?

Zoloft (sertraline): Or sertraline is an ssri antidepressant. Typically patients are started on 50 mg and increased by 25 mg up to 200 mg. Get help if you have allergic reactions such as skin rash, hives, difficulty breathing, etc. This can be a very good medication for depression or anxiety. Caution is advised if taking other antidepressants, st johns wort, or triptans (for migraines). Discuss with doc! ...Read more

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I've just been prescribed setraline HCL 25 mg once a day. I take 25 mg of metoprolol tartrate twice daily. would I expect a reaction? if so, what kind

I've just been prescribed setraline HCL 25 mg once a day. I take 25 mg of metoprolol tartrate twice daily. would I expect a reaction? if so, what kind

Possible interaction: "Using metoprolol together with sertraline may increase the effects of metoprolol. Contact your doctor if you experience uneven heartbeats, shortness of breath, bluish-colored fingernails, dizziness, weakness, fainting, or seizure (convulsions)." (http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=2057-0,1615-16311) ...Read more

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Will I have side effect decreasing sertraline 50mg to 25 mg?

Will I have side effect decreasing sertraline 50mg to 25 mg?

Possible.: It is possible to have side effects from decreasing the dose of your zoloft (sertraline). Some common ones might be lightheadedness, dizziness , and possibly increased anxiety. Before decreasing or stopping any medication like this it is important to discuss this with your doctor as he can tell you how to adjust your medication safely.
Be well. ...Read more

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Will I have side effects from decreasing sertraline 50 to 25 mg?

Will I have side effects from decreasing sertraline 50 to 25 mg?

No: That is an appropriate, gentle taper. I usually advise patients to wait four days at each dose. ...Read more

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Can I take Levocetrizine 2.5 mg and Zoloft (sertraline) 100 mg together at night?

Probably so: Levocetrizine is an antihistamine used to treat conditions such as hay fever and hives. It can potentially be sedating. Since you are taking it at night, hopefully you will not have any residual effects upon awakening. However, if you do take it with Zoloft, (sertraline) keep in mind that the sedating effect may be enhanced. So, taking both at night seems reasonable. Consult with doc to get clearance. Best. ...Read more

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Decreased sertraline 50 mg to 25 mg for a week then discontinued last night, will I have side effects?

Decreased sertraline 50 mg to 25 mg for a week then discontinued last night, will I have side effects?

Maybe: For long-term treated patients, wfsbp guidelines recommend tapering over 4-6 months. If intolerable withdrawal symptoms occur following a dose reduction, consider resuming the previously prescribed dose and/or decrease dose at a more gradual rate. Side effects are too many to list. Be sure to monitor for any abnormal behavior, thoughts or symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take a Zoloft (sertraline) dose 25 mg an hour after my scheduled time? I started 3 days ago.

It's fine. : It's okay to take it as soon as you can. An hour or two before or after the time you usually take it is ok. ...Read more

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I have decreased sertraline 50 mg to 25 mg for 5 days now with no withdrawl symtoms does this mean i wont get any?

Probably not: If you taper off slowly, you should be able to avoid withdrawal symptoms. If you are down to 25mg now with no withdrawal symptoms, you will probably be fine if you just stop taking it. If you want to be ultra-cautious, you could go down to 12.5 for a few days and then stop. ...Read more

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When do side effects start to kick in when you first start Zoloft (sertraline) 25 mg? Bad side effects. I no good ones take weeks.

Very low dose!: Although possible i wonder if what you are experiencing is do to zoloft (sertraline) at all. However, how much Acetaminophen and ibuprophen are you taking/day? Aceta can cause liver damage and ibup kidney and mixed together one has to be more vigilant. Have you had liver and kidney blood work done recently and a urinalysis? Discuss w/fmd. Immediate onset after one dose possible if allergic but usually w/rash. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Zoloft (Definition)

Zoloft is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more